On the blog last week I kicked off a series of ‘Beat The Peak‘ posts about shifting energy consumption at home, during the peak period of 4pm – 8pm when many people come home from school and work and start turning on the TV, air conditioning and appliances.
It’s important to be energy conscious and aware, not only are we reducing our carbon footprint – we could be saving ourselves hundreds of dollars each year which could go towards fun stuff like family holidays.
I’m always amazed at what a change of scenery and fresh air can do when my girls start to get cabin fever around 4pm, and it’s the perfect time of day for taking the dog for a walk.
We often have a stroll down to the end of our street to visit a black cat Ava has named Cherry.
My girls love talking to her and Chloe also enjoys looking at the birds in our street. We have two beautiful kookaburras who come to visit our balcony.
You could even offer to walk a neighbours dog or take the kids to visit a friendly neighbourhood pet (with the owners permission of course).
I’m so delighted to be a Power Mum and part of the Western Power ‘Beat The Peak’ campaign where I’ll be bringing you ways to shift your energy consumption AND have the chance to pick up some fab prizes while doing it!
There are 3 x $250 Forrest Chase vouchers up for grabs as well as 3 x Family Passes to Adventure World.
For your chance to win, head to the Western Power website here.
Other handy ways you can shift your energy consumption, save money and take the demand off the energy grid are:
- Turning off standby power which could save you up to $150 a year.
- Use your washing machine or dishwasher earlier in the day or after 8pm
- Set your pool pump to operate outside the peak period of 4pm – 8pm
- Turn your dishwasher on before you go to bed ( I already do this and find it so handy as I wake up to clean dishes!)
- Wash clothes in cold water and save up to $40 a year (Tick! I do this as well as I have shrunk some of hubby’s tees in the past. Whoops!).
- Avoid using the clothes dryer wherever possible
You can check out more energy and cost saving ideas here.
Here’s to beating the peak and doing our bit to help the community by shifting our energy consumption!
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What do you do around 4pm – 8pm to help Beat the Peak?0